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Published: 2010/12/20
by Jen Stevens

The Ends of the Earth
The Ends of the Earth

The Ends of the Earth is a collaboration of old friends from Northeast Pennsylvania who share the same passion for music. According to lead vocalist, Charles Davis, the band’s name was born from an earlier recording session in North Carolina with artists and musicians from all over the world.

With the release of their self-titled second album, The Ends of The Earth prove they are a group on the rise with an original sound. The band faces the challenges all new unsigned groups face as they start out, but with a little bit of attitude that oozes confidence, this edgy new band is heading in the right direction.

“We have been making chaotic noise for quite some time, but about a year and a half ago we all moved back to our home town; Wilkes-Barre, PA, and we decided to pretend to be a real band,” explains Davis.

The group was originally formed in North Carolina and now consists of Charles Davis (vocals, guitar and keyboard), Max Hosey (drums, harmonica, saw and didgeridoo), Justin “Roadside” Parry (guitar), Vince Insalaco (bass, banjo, keys and mandolin), “Great” Gregg Howells (congas and bells) and Paul Hosey, also known as Big Pauly (bongos, guitar and bass).

“We made this album because we have a friend, Adam Malak, who owns his own home studio (MADS), and we could do it almost completely on the barter system,” says Davis. “As far as bands that inspired our sound, we all hate each other’s musical tastes, and this is the truth, with the exception of Johnny Cash and Fela Kuti. So one could say they were where we tried to meet in the middle.”

The Ends of the Earth has a wide range of unique styles and soulful sounds that are engaging, adventurous and original. The band delves into a variety of genres including classic blues, bluegrass and a touch of folk.

The first song on the album, “Bonito,” which is about a friend of the group, carries an upbeat, light tune with lyrics and music that go together hand in hand. “Alcohol” is a bassy blues song that shows a darker side with lyrics like “If alcohol don’t kill me, well I believe I will never die.” The album features several brief instrumentals throughout that seem to fit in the perfect place at the perfect time. “Attention Deficit Disorder” is a dark, noisy song that is actually one of the bands oldest compositions. “500,” which includes a mandolin, piano, harmonica and even a violin-bowed hand saw, resonates with emotion and is something of an odd fit with the rest of the album.

Still, it is this range that distinguishes The Ends of the Earth, which on this album demonstrates emphatically that not all new music is just noise.

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